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An Interview With Julia Barbosa Landois

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How about some recommendations. What music would you suggest young artists listen to?

Nina Simone is really important to me. Like I was saying about self-consciousness… In that voice she has, it just comes from somewhere else, she's angry, and she's so present. She's completely unselfconscious and no one sounds like her.

And Neil Young... any Neil Young.

What are some places you recommend going in San Antonio to recharge, or for inspiration?

Papa Jim's is always a good place for me. The River reach at sunset when all the animals are starting to come out. It reminds you that the city is part of this larger ecology, it's not all suburbs and tourism. And the flea market—the Poteet one. It’s so big, and if you go on a nice day, there's people dancing… there’s great life there.

A favorite movie?

So many...One great one is In the Mood for Love. A director from Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai. The colors are really saturated, and it's full of these really long, slow shots. It's all about longing.

Any favorite websites?

I don't know if I have a favorite, but I spent the fall researching how to turn acorns into food. I tried to, but I didn't have enough patience. I boiled and boiled acorns in water, changed the water... I guess originally, you’d put your basket of acorns in the river, and the water would just keep washing over them. Now, not so much. In the end I fed one to [Landois’ partner] Dan and he said,  “Well, I guess I would eat it if I was starving.”

Part of me has a little homesteader bent. I’ve grown my own vegetables, I’ve made granola, made sauerkraut. I've done it all.

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